Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tink, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. tink

    tink Songster

    May 12, 2007
    upstate SC
    Why do you add vinegar to your chickens water? Is it a treat or is it for medical reasons?

  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    It's actually the unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar with mother of vinegar (the sediment) in it. It helps them maintain a proper pH in their gut. They seem to like the flavor too. You only put a tablespoon or two in a gallon of water.
  3. robmcsched

    robmcsched In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2007
    Be sure to use only stainless, glass or chrome with the Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Plastic and galvanized steel or aluminum with the ACV will leach toxic stuff into the water.

    I belong to an a yahoo organic chickens group and everyone swears it keeps them healthy by warding off disease and keeping parasites under control, along with the good ph in the gut.

    We also put garlic in the water and food grade diatmaceous earth in the feed--check out the group at yahoo--just trying organic explains all.

    Carmichael, Ca
  4. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I've been adding the ACV to my chickens water, but I've been adding it ONLY to their plastic waterers [​IMG]

    None of my info said adding it to plastic containers was harmful.

  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I know that you cannot use it with metal waterers; Never heard anything about plastic ones. Most people use plastic ones; in fact, I've never even seen a chrome or glass waterer. I add it to the plastic ones, since that is all I use other than my 5 gallon galvanized one.
  6. SandraChick

    SandraChick Songster

    never heard about plastic being bad either....that's what I use also.

  7. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I have a plastic waterer also and acv in it -- they are still alive and kicking, anyone else have info on this?
  8. pharr389

    pharr389 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    southeast georgia
    they sale apple cider vinegar in plastic containers at the grocery stores. don't see where a plastic waterer would hurt.
  9. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

    Feb 24, 2007
    Central Massachusetts
    I use plastic. Where i get my birds, she uses plastic also. erinM

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